Electrical Short Sparks Fire

By: WSAZ NewsChannel 3
By: WSAZ NewsChannel 3

Investigators now know the cause of a fire earlier this month that destroyed the Morgan County Courthouse in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.

They say an electrical short sparked the August 8 fire.

The state fire marshal's office says the fire started in the dropped ceiling of the second-floor courtroom and spread throughout the courthouse.

A spokeswoman with the office says the wiring was original to the building, which was built in 1908.

A number of other county offices, including those of the sheriff and assessor, were damaged as well.

County government is now operating out of temporary offices.

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